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Cheap, Foot-in-the-door certifications? [closed]

Could you recommend cheap certifications to get your foot in the door of the industry.
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Automating Social Engineering Prevention

Being an advocate for DIO (defensive information operations), I have always been concerned about social engineering and its relation to server security. Giving administrative access to staff members ...
2
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2answers
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E-mail Server Security

In recent news, Bitcoinica was compromised by an e-mail server infiltration. The hacker then applied social engineering, using one of the administrative e-mail accounts to reset the root credentials ...
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SMS Authentication: random OTP or a cryptographic one

I'm adding two-factor authentication using SMS to enhance an existing login process. Since I'm not working with physical tokens, I was wondering what is considered the safest: Sending random 8 ...
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1answer
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How does my antivirus determine which CTL is used?

I have imported a trusted root certificate into the Windows local machine list. This works fine with my signed certificates, unless my AV (Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012) is set to "scan SSL", in ...
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Firewall Migration: NetScreen NS500 to FortiGate [closed]

I have recently been tasked with doing a firewall migration from an old NetScreen NS500 box to a FortiGate device (I believe it will be a 60C). I am sure most of you aware that NetScreen boxes are no ...
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Does having a minimum number of digits improve password security?

Some password systems will enforce at least X of a type of character - a common one I see is 'minimum 3 numeric characters'. As far as I understand, simply allowing certain character classes, like ...
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How to convince your boss about importance of IT security

Do you know how could I make my security complaints/advices more effective? Or How could I convince my boss about IT security? There are a couple of known good practices in the field of IT security. ...
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0answers
114 views

How to find rogue access points? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tracking down a rogue access point Rogue access points can pose a threat, when employees connect to them. What are some techniques that can be used to find these ...
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How can I know if my PC is getting infected?

I have installed an antivirus, but as no antivirus is perfect, what can I do to diagnose if my PC is getting infected? For example, keeping a close eye on what programs and tasks run when I turn my ...
2
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1answer
283 views

Who are these crazy referrers?

In my web pages' IP logs, I have recently begun seeing some very strange referrers, like this: http://haddies.4t.com/tramadol-hcl/tramadol-hcl-200mg.html ...
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179 views

When should police be notified about host intrusion?

If an attacker gains unauthorized access to a host, or makes unauthorized modifications to information on that host, is it appropriate to contact the police or some other law-enforcement agency? In ...
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1answer
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When a company asks to test physical security, what are some techniques one could use to gain entry?

When a company asks to test physical/infrastructure security, what are some techniques one could use to test employees? This could include good excuses to gain access to some hardware/software.
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209 views

What would be a good way to guarantee security of theft and loss of sensitive data in a shared rack?

Two of my servers are in a shared rack, we secure them by adding frontcovers to the machines. The DC is always recording with a camera when one of the shared racks is opened and they write down what ...
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2answers
192 views

How to educate users about the dangers of social engineering?

What would be the best way to teach and test employees on the topic of social engineering? What topics would you include?
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1answer
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How to hack linux from phpMyAdmin? [closed]

I got the username and the password for phpMyAdmin, and i am trying to hack the operating system "linux". i tried to create an payload.php file which is a pyaload taken form metasploit. i encoded the ...
2
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1answer
190 views

Is Creating a Restricted Database User in Microsoft SQL Server Decent Protocol

Forgive me for the heavy metaphor but it's a situation's complexity kind of goes over my head. Assume I'm Leonard Shelby (My short term memory only lasts 5 minutes). I'm a freelancer that reads ...
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2answers
479 views

How to mimic an emotion?

Microexpression is a brief facial expression according to emotions experienced. It is also one of the most powerful SE (social engineering) weapons. However, they are very hard to master. Are they ...
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3answers
472 views

Security risks using tmpfile() for sensitive data in PHP

What are the primary concerns when storing sensitive data in PHP's temporary directory via tmpfile()? For instance: Could this data be recovered from HDD by a malicious admin? Could the admin easily ...
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1answer
843 views

How to exploit a windows server when you have read-only filesystem access [closed]

I found a vulnerability in a site that can allow the download of any file of the server. I tested it by succesfully downloading boot.ini and autoexec.bat. I have no access to source code or file ...
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When registering for most websites, why do you need to confirm your email address?

I'm working on a site which allows users to sign up for a service. They choose a username/password, enter their personal details, etc and proceed into the site, their details being stored for future ...
16
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3answers
873 views

Risks of Mullions in High Security Areas

I have a storage space full of information assets. The room itself is sound; there are no windows, the walls go all the ceiling, and there is only a single entrance with two good stout doors and high ...
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3answers
7k views

What is reverse social engineering?

What is reverse social engineering? Is it something different from normal social engineering?
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How secure is FileVault 2 while the computer is in sleep mode?

How secure is Apples disk encryption FileVault 2 when someone has physical or network access while the computer in sleep mode or is running a screen saver? Are there ways to circumvent FileVault 2 ...
10
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2answers
660 views

AMD64 overflows and null bytes

In the past, I have managed to overflow my own vulnerable programs, and those of others, but only ever in a 32bit environment. Every time I try even a simple stack smash on a 64bit machine, I run into ...
3
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4answers
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Asymmetric crypto: Decrypt own messages without having private key

I have built a messages system for my website. Users can send the admin messages which are stored in the DB after being AES-encrypted. I think that using asymmetric crypto (RSA through openssl) ...
6
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1answer
243 views

Use token for Windows Server 2008 AD RMS [closed]

I have a Windows Server 2008 configured for AD RMS (Active Directory Rights Management Service), another Windows Server 2008 machine that is the domain controller, and a third machine that is a member ...
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2answers
1k views

Why wireshark source ip tab lists other ip as well

I was trying to capture some packets using Wireshark. I could find a lots of ip in the source address tab. Which ip do they represent. Which all packets are visible to wireshark when I run it in my ...
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8answers
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Should I block visitors who seem to be probing my site?

I have detected some attempts to probe the security of my site. Should I blacklist their IP address? What are the considerations or tradeoffs to use in deciding when to block their IP address and ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Are there any know browsers that support file URL redirection?

I've been addressing an open-redirect issue and in experimenting with the latest fix, I noticed that updating the redirect's protocol to file resulted in a blank page on the browser. That is, ...
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1answer
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How to implement an API-Key-Mechanism

first of all: I am quite unsure about the questions title, so if you have a better idea, please feel free to tell (: I would like to know about best-practise examples where services (like Twitter or ...
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2answers
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Why is 0x41414141 associated with security exploits?

This article and this search suggest that the 32-bit word 0x41414141 is associated to security exploits. Why is 0x41414141 associated to security exploits?
5
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3answers
136 views

Drupal Security & Two DBs

I use drupal for our site. It uses nodes that store data. We link lots of these nodes together to allow us to log jobs, customer info, invoices etc. These are linked via an addon drupal module. If I ...
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4answers
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Convince the company not to store credit card numbers in our webapp

The company I work for needs a system to perform monthly credit card charges to customer accounts. Customers will be able to update their credit card information from an online interface written in ...
5
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4answers
3k views

CAPTCHA or email confirmation?

I have read that captcha isn't a perfect solution to protect a website where for example the user can create an account, since there are many people in different countries that practicallty read ...
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13answers
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Is there any technical security reason not to buy the cheapest SSL certificate you can find?

While shopping for a basic SSL cert for my blog, I found that many of the more well-known Certificate Authorities have an entry-level certificate (with less stringent validation of the purchaser's ...
9
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1answer
1k views

How to make SQL injection in PostgreSQL's tsquery?

I think there is SQL injection vulnerability in an application I'm testing. This is seen when I enter malformed parameters into a search form. All exceptions are shown in format: PHP raised unknown ...
5
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2answers
244 views

Why did it take so long to enforce memory permissions?

From the Wikipedia page on DEP. DEP was introduced on Linux in 2004 (kernel 2.6.8[2]), on Windows in 2004 with Windows XP Service Pack 2,[3] while Apple introduced DEP when they moved to x86 in ...
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6answers
7k views

Is this a ViewState attack?

I recently found this request in the event log: Client IP: 193.203.XX.XX Port: 53080 User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Synapse) ViewState: -1' Referer: Now, the ViewState: -1' part combined ...
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3answers
1k views

Theory X vs Theory Y in social engineering

Theory X and Theory Y are two models of human motivation, often used when discussing people-management in business. In short, Theory X postulates people are lazy, will avoid work, and require ...
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3answers
2k views

How to sign & timestamp log or zip files?

I think I can easily sign the files however I also need a timestamp from 3rd party vendor. I want to digitally sign + stamp log files including DHCP & mail because of laws here. UPDATE: I found ...
10
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4answers
7k views

HTTP Basic auth password storage more secure than Digest auth

If you are using SSL already, it appears Basic auth is the way to go since you can perform bcrypt with the password when you store it in the database, where as Digest auth only allows md5. As we know, ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Kik | WhatsApp - Encrypted? iOS / Android Message encryption tips [closed]

Kik says that their client is using ssl etc. But it's kind of hard to tell if the messages is actually encrypted between the devices. What i can understand is that they don't got device-to-device ...
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7answers
2k views

Protecting critical state infrastructure from the aftermath of a nuclear blast

Countries rely on computer infrastructure for a huge percentage of communications and military management, as well as utilities like electricity. Unfortunately, nuclear attacks release massive ...
2
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2answers
937 views

Potential insecurity in not sanitizing variables before INSERT with prepared statement in PDO

I use PDO with prepared statement when connecting to my database, and I do this because it is considered a safe way to do so, but one thing I could not help but to wonder was, can submitted data from ...
9
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2answers
7k views

Securing a REST API: is api_secret signing and ssl enough?

for securing a RESTful API I thought of the following authentication procedure for each call: All data is SSL-encrypted Every HTTP request made by the client will have a signature such as ...
16
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4answers
2k views

How do you prevent physical backups from being stolen?

I'm sure, by now, we're all aware of the need to encrypt backup disks, but what can be done on the physical security side of things to prevent backups from being stolen or damaged? Particularly: ...
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0answers
201 views

What are potential use cases of script that identifies browser? [closed]

Let's say I've found a way to produce a unique string for each and every browser using pure Javascript (which makes it an alternative to UA strings). Now what I'd like to know is what are potential ...
7
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5answers
573 views

How can we get into the user's mindset?

As security folk, we tend to over- or under-estimate the capabilities and educatedness of our users, especially in terms of resistance to social engineering attacks. Stereotypically, this is due to ...
0
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1answer
194 views

How can I prevent my son accessing my PC? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent my kids from bypassing my computer restrictions based on Windows Vista? My 14 year-old son is using a Ctrl+Alt+Del procedure to get into my computer ...

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